Hi! I used to write this blog about Australian public policy. Work reasons mean I can’t write publicly about this topic anymore, so I’m chanelling my enthusiasm for graphs and statistical analysis to my new blog on Australian football. Have a look at The Arc!

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Readers of this blog and graph fans in general might enjoy my new blog, The Arc. The Arc is dedicated to examining AFL football through the medium of graphs. 

It should be obvious by now, given that I haven’t posted in about 9 months, but this blog is over. Thanks for reading!

Here is the blog’s rise and fall, as measured by page views per month:




Ross Gittins’ column in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald was devoted to the topic of minimum wages. Among other things, he explained the ‘dynamic monopsony’ model of labour markets. These models are associated in particular with Alan Manning of the London School of Economics, who set out the theory at length in his 2003 book Monopsony in Motion: Imperfect Competition in Labor Markets.

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I’m currently taking another break from Twitter, so I thought I’d post some links on here to interesting things I’ve read recently:

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It’s compulsory that every big report on tax policy begins with more or less the same set of bland platitudes. Tax policy, we’re always told, should take into account a few foundational principles, like equity, efficiency, simplicity, and motherhood.

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The latest HILDA report is out! The HILDA survey is an extremely valuable resource – it asks a large sample of people a whole bunch of questions about income, family life, and other things, and tracks respondents over time. We learn things from HILDA that we can’t learn from any other Australian data source.

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Joe Hockey on welfare spending:

This year the Australian government will spend on average over $6,000 on welfare for every man, woman and child in the country. 

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